RPS is Ireland’s leading planning, design, engineering, environmental and communications services consultancy.

We deliver strategic and sustainable projects. We plan, design, develop and manage projects for the public and private sectors.
We have been responsible for some of the largest infrastructural, commercial and industrial projects on the island.

N11 Arklow Rathnew & N7 Newlands Cross Upgrade PPP

N11 Arklow Rathnew & N7 Newlands Cross Upgrade PPP

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

16.5km of motorway in County Wicklow and major urban interchange in Dublin delivered on budget and ahead of programme.

RPS is Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s Representative on this €282m PPP project since 2009. The project includes the M11 Rathnew to Arklow motorway which opened in July 2015, the N7 Newlands Cross Junction Upgrade which opened in November 2014 and a motorway service area on the Gorey Bypass due to open shortly.

The M11 project was completed seven weeks ahead of programme and will reduce journey times by between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. It comprises 16.5km of toll-free 2 lane motorway, two grade separated junctions, eight bridges, realignment of sections of the old N11 and link roads to tie into the existing road network.

Newlands Cross grade separated free flow junction on the N7 Dublin/Cork road has replaced the last signal-controlled junction between the Northern Ireland border and the Dunkettle roundabout in Cork. The N7 at this location carries approximately 90,000 people daily and the junction upgrade, with three lanes in each direction, will reduce journey times.

The flyover element has a two-span bridge structure with extensive embankments on the east and west sides of the junction. The materials used for the embankments were all sourced locally and environmentally friendly cement was used to reduce CO2 emissions. The Newlands Cross Flyover was awarded the Irish Concrete Society Award for Infrastructure in April 2017.

NIC Robotics Project

NIC Robotics Project


RPS provided technical consultancy services on SGN’s NIC Robotics project.

RPS was appointed to this industry leading project in March 2014, in partnership with SGN and ULC Pipeline Robotics. This project pioneered the deployment of inspection and repair robots in live gas distribution mains that had never been attempted before. It involved the design, manufacture and field testing of the new robots, which were successfully tested in live gas mains in London in November 2015. The project was awarded the Engineers Ireland Technical Innovation Award 2016.

RPS provided technical assessments at key milestones in the development of robotic solutions, assessing and reporting on the development of operational procedures in support of deployment, and the analysis and reporting of field trial data throughout deployment.

The innovative technology measures degree of corrosion, wall thickness, stress and strain in pipelines and will allow gas utilities to asset manage the life of cast iron pipeline infrastructure. Its use will allow pipeline inspection and joint repair operations to take place with minimal disruption to customers, with fewer traffic restrictions, lower road reinstatement costs and no supply restrictions for gas customers.

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf

DG Environment, European Commission

RPS was the Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award from November 2010 to November 2015 and was reappointed in 2016 to manage both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards. These awards are an initiative of the European Commission.

Since the launch of the award in 2008, seven cities have held the European Green Capital title: Stockholm, Sweden in 2010; Hamburg, Germany in 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain's Basque region in 2012; Nantes, in Western France in 2013; the Danish capital, Copenhagen in 2014; Bristol in the UK in 2015; and Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2016. Essen in Germany holds the European Green Capital Award in 2017 and Nijmegan in the Netherlands will hold it in 2018.

As Secretariat, RPS manages the delivery of the competition on both technical and communications levels across the 28 Member States. We are responsible for public awareness through the European Green Capital Award / European Green Leaf website (www.europeangreencapital.eu), Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter pages, and through various channels such as brochures and press releases.

The European Green Leaf, a competition for smaller cities was launched in 2015. This is aimed at cities with 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth, sustainable urban environment and ambitious plans for the future. Galway city in Ireland holds the European Green Leaf Award in 2017. In 2016, it was jointly awarded to the Spanish city of Mollet del Vallès and the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras.

Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant

Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant

Dublin City Council / Irish Water

The Ballymore Eustace Plant is Ireland's largest water treatment plant.

The facility serves Dublin, Kildare, Dún-Laoghaire and South Dublin with more than 300 mega litres of water daily (Ml/d). The development has a 400 Ml capacity and is the culmination of a 30 year plan designed to provide Dublin with a state of the art, cost effective water supply. The plant is not only capable of meeting the current demands, it provides for the needs of the greater Dublin area for the medium term until a longer term new source is developed post 2020.

There has been a treatment plant at Ballymore Eustace since the 1940's, which was expanded six times until the 1980's, but the developments were not integrated and RPS was engaged to assist in long term masterplanning and delivery of a modern integrated facility. RPS has been providing planning, design and engineering services on this project since 2002.

Our approach in relation to the planning, implementation and design had to be highly innovative due to the environmentally sensitive location of the plant and the need to maintain an uninterrupted water supply to the city. Our solution was to rebuild the plant on a phased basis – shutting down the old facilities in a staged process as the new elements came online.

The plant combines the robust engineering required of a national strategic asset with innovative value engineering approaches resulting in real whole life cost value for the current utility provider, Irish Water. Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant was awarded the 2015 Excellence Award in Civil Engineering by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI).

Carlow Flood Relief Project

Carlow Flood Relief Project

Carlow County Council

The award winning Carlow Flood Relief project safeguards residents of Carlow Town against the threat of flooding.

Carlow Town, with a population of over 23,000, has been affected by flooding from the Rivers Barrow and Burrin for many years.

The design of Carlow Flood Relief Scheme recommended containment of the 100 year flood within the river channels as the preferred solution, to be achieved through the construction of reinforced concrete and sheetpiled floodwalls.

The biggest challenge for RPS as project designer and engineer was to design defences that would not adversely impact on the town’s long relationship with its rivers. The project involved considerable correspondence with multiple stakeholders. The flood defence works incorporated new amenity facilities in the area, including a new improved boat slip and a pedestrian tow path.

As well as protecting the built environment and creating a new public realm, the works have provided an added benefit to the town by regenerating areas and enhancing the public’s association with the town’s rivers. The project won the Protecting the Built Environment Award at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2014.

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